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'Two and a Half Men': Dumb or smart? 'Family Guy' says 'dumb'


Last night on Family Guy, Peter tried to induce labor for Joe’s wife Bonnie, saying, “I’m gonna turn on the TV to Two and a Half Men, and if your baby isn’t totally brain-dead, it’ll come rushing out to change the channel.” You can see the moment less than two minutes in, here:

It’s not the first time Guy has ripped the Charlie Sheen-Jon Cryer sitcom, but even its mighty power cannot stop Two and a Half–tonight’s episode is a rerun, but it’s such a ratings powerhouse, it stands a good chance of beating a new episode of 24.

What is it about Two and a Half Men? I think Cryer and Sheen are pretty charming guys… when they’re not on this show, which usually strikes me as merely smutty and not-funny: kinda dumb humor, unlike the gags on producer Chuck Lorre’s other show, the superior Big Bang Theory. But there was Two and a Half Men in last week’s Nielsen ratings, the fifth most-watched show in America. (And it’s not as though Family Guy doesn’t traffick in its own, very different brand of dumb smut… )

So, where do you stand: Two and a Half Men, dumb or smart? Funny or not-funny?